Joshinder Chaggar is a Melbourne based dance theatre artist. She is a dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher, writer and film-maker. She is currently undertaking her PhD candidature at Deakin university, researching identity and interculturalism through dance. Her work centres around the themes of identity, freedom and transcendence. Her work is influenced by physical theatre, Indian folk and classical dance. Joshinder spent ten years in Karachi, Pakistan (2007-2017), working in theatre, television, live events and films. She also taught ‘Movement for Actors’ at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi. She has participated in many festivals locally and internationally such as the Edinburgh showcase 2017, Mapping Melbourne 2017, NAPA International theatre festival (Karachi), Karachi Biennale 2017, Kunstareal Fest 2017 (Munich), Emerge in Yarra (2018), India @Mindil 2019 (Darwin), Dancing Between Two Worlds (2019) and IndiaFest 2022 (Townsville). She is the recipient of a collaborative Green Room Award (2022), ‘Best Cabaret’, for the work TakeBack (Role – performer). Joshinder also works extensively with the senior community, teaching a Bollywood Seniors class since 2018, at Studio J Dance. She also facilitates Laughter Therapy workshops at Laneway Learning, and received a Creative Victoria Grant, to run the Laughter classes during lockdown in 2021. ‘More Than Cute’ a short film about a Seniors Bollywood dance class in Melbourne, is Joshinder’s first film. She is currently working on a feature documentary. >
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023
More Than Cute, 2022, Joshinder Chaggar
A seniors Bollywood dance class in Melbourne city, is the perfect intercultural setting, to discover new friendships and to unpack misconceptions about ageing. A group of Caucasian women and one Indian man, meet every Wednesday morning, to learn Bollywood dance, stay fit and keep loving life. Through the lens of the traditional costume, stories are uncovered and shared. The studio owner, and the dance teacher, South-Asian women in their 40’s, add their own perspectives to the dialogue. Simultaneously, underneath all the fun, colour and laughter a miraculous healing is taking place on many different levels.